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#2830759 - 05/16/12 09:14 PM just found out ...spring squirrel
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just found out that spring squirrel season is going on. This will be a great time for me to get my newly built 22 out and go out. Now, I only want to kill or take animals that I plan to use. With that said, is there any issue to eating spring squirrels? i know that i have heard you dont want to until the first frost??? thoughts??
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#2830787 - 05/16/12 09:37 PM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Spring squirrels are safe to eat.
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#2830904 - 05/17/12 06:18 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: whiskey]
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even the fall squirrels with the bot fly larva(wolves,wobbles or whatever you call them)are ok to eat but it's kind of disgusting.
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#2830998 - 05/17/12 08:26 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: stik]
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yeah...i heard it called warbles or whatever...just didnt know about all of that and spring squirrel eating. I cant say I have ever eaten squirrel...but if I put em down, ill do it.
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#2831095 - 05/17/12 10:23 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Those "wolves" as they are called are no threat to you. They are between the hide and the skin. They are not very common at all, in fact, I don't recall the last time I encountered any.

I grill Squirrels about once a week during the Summer months. It will take a couple of times cooking with them to figure it out, but once you do, they'll be quite tasty. I always brine them, sometimes I marinade them in addition to brining, but brining is key. My current favorite summer recipes are: Jerked Squirrel, Blackened Squirrel and Southwestern Squirrel. Brine them, dry rub or marinade them, roast them while brushing with butter and season, finish them off in foil for about 20 minutes.

I have introduced at least 50+ people their first taste of Squirrel meat. About 5% of those were disgusted by the idea of eating squirrel and probably won't eat it again even thought they admitted it was good, most were curious, though a little hesitant, but, in the end, really enjoyed it. They make great party food since it inspired plenty of conversation. Chicken of the trees!
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#2831104 - 05/17/12 10:38 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: Poser]
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Im sure I will like it...but am more than happy to try it!
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#2831414 - 05/17/12 03:27 PM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: 93civEJ1]
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Poser. Do you have a brine recipe in the cooking forum? I love squirrel, but have never grilled them because they get so tough.
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#2831438 - 05/17/12 04:03 PM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: StalkingWolf]
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 Originally Posted By: StalkingWolf
Poser. Do you have a brine recipe in the cooking forum? I love squirrel, but have never grilled them because they get so tough.


Easy enough. Heat some water and add a liberal amount of salt until it (the salt) dissolves. 1 cup is too much for 1 squirrel, but plenty for 3 or 4 squirrels. (There is a scientific ratio of 1:4, salt to water, but I don't really pay attention to it.

Once the salt has dissolved, add some ice cubes to bring the water back to room temperature and give you more water. Add some peppercorns, bay leaf and any other flavor you might want: Chilies and Cayenne or some of my regular, but I have done Ginger, Garlic and mustard seeds for different dishes. The only thing you technically need is salt and water.
Put the meat in the brine for a day in the refrigerator.

Important: make sure the water is room temperature before putting meat in it.
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#2831819 - 05/18/12 01:12 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: Poser]
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they are also very good in dumplins
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#2831990 - 05/18/12 09:38 AM Re: just found out ...spring squirrel [Re: stik]
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well if I can get some time this weekend and one of my buddies to go, I may try to get out the .22 and go out for a bit.
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